Devils president, general manager and interim coach Lou Lamoriello addresses Martin Brodeur’s legacy as the former Devils goaltender prepares to announce his retirement and take a front-office role with the St. Louis Blues.
Result: The Devils rallied to win their first game in nine days and first at the Prudential Center in 19 days.
Need to Know: Jacob Josefson and Patrik Elias beat Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier in the shootout. The Devils’ Cory Schneider stopped the two shots he faced after making 29 saves in regulation and overtime.
Adam Larsson tied it at 1 with 2:50 left in the third. It was his second goal of the season and first since Nov. 1 vs. Columbus.
New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto with 8:11 left in the third. It was his 21st goal of the season and 51st since the beginning of 2013-14 (12th most in the NHL). Van Riemsdyk has 14 points (8g, 6a) in 20 games vs. the Devils.
Bernier had 23 saves in regulation and OT. . .Michael Cammalleri had a breakaway but was stopped by Bernier with 4:49 left.
The Devils, who started a five-game homestand, are 5-2-1 in their last eight. . .The Leafs have lost seven in a row.
The Devils are 15-4-4 when allowing two or fewer goals this season, 3-18-4 when allowing three or more.
New Jersey has taken at least one point in five straight games vs. Toronto (3-0-2).
The Devils had their 15th scoreless first period, tops in the NHL.
New Jersey is one of four teams yet to record a home shutout this season (Arizona, Columbus and Philadelphia are the others).
What’s Next: The Devils host Pittsburgh Friday (7 p.m.)
The Devils have activated Tuomo Ruutu off injured reserve, the team announced.
Ruutu was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 9, on January 14 with an illness. Ruutu said he had the flu and not the mumps.
Jaromir Jagr, like many in the NHL, has only good things to say about Martin Brodeur after the 21-season veteran announced his retirement (Fire and Ice, Jan. 27).
But Jagr also had questions.
“Why?” Jagr said. “He should start playing. What was it like a month ago, two months ago? How did he do? He did pretty good, didn’t he?”
Not to mention, with Brodeur’s retirement, Jagr’s age in the NHL is emphasized — he was already older than Brodeur by two months, but according to Jagr that “doesn’t really count.” Jagr and Brodeur, who were the last two active players from the 1990 draft class, have each built up impressive stat sheets, though they were only teammates for one season in 2013-14, and Jagr mainly found himself facing the four-time Vezina Trophy winner.
“That’s the toughest position to be in hockey, to be the goaltender,” Jagr said. “There’s only one goalie that can play. It’s not like the forwards where you can have 12 of them. A goalie, there’s only one. There’s so many new goalies coming in the league. It was kind of incredible to adjust to the game and stay in that game for such a long time. I don’t think anybody can do it again or beat it in any sport. Maybe (Peyton) Manning if he keeps playing because quarterback is kind of the same position like goalies.” To read more of this story, click here
Martin Brodeur is retiring to take a front office job with the St. Louis Blues. The New Jersey Devils have a spot waiting for one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history whenever he is ready to come back home.
“Absolutely. He is aware of that and has always been aware of that,” Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said Tuesday. “He could have come back even now if he wanted to.”
The 10-time All-Star and four-time Vezina Trophy winner finished his career with St. Louis after a standout, two-decade run with New Jersey. A news conference was set for Thursday morning before the Blues return from the All-Star break to play Nashville.
“It’s kind of sad to see a guy like him hang `em up,” said Brian Elliott, the Blues’ All-Star goalie. “I’m sure it’s a tough decision, but I was grateful to be on the same team with him if only for a little bit.”
The 42-year-old Brodeur wrapped up his 22-year career with St. Louis after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2. He was 3-3 with a 2.87 goals-against average and in his final victory became the fifth-oldest goalie to post a shutout in a 3-0 win over Colorado on Dec. 29.
With the snowstorm approaching the northeast, Islanders All-Stars Jaroslav Halak and John Tavares were kind to their New Jersey opponent, Patrik Elias, offering him a ride home in their private jet (Fire and Ice, Jan. 26).
“I was supposed to come [on Monday] in the morning, but I hopped on the plane with the Islanders guys, which was great so I got home late [Sunday] night, but got enough sleep,” Elias said. “I wanted to skate. It’s not like you work hard there for three days.”
Elias practiced with his squad on Monday after having a great time during the All-Star weekend.
“It was fun,” Elias said. “The whole weekend actually surprised me a little bit. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It was a good group of guys we had there and hanging out with them in the locker room and around everybody seemed laid back and very approachable and everything went pretty smooth.”
Even when Elias tested out the back check and not everyone understood what was going on — he still had fun. To read more of this story, click here